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First Chick-fil-A in U.K. to Close in 6 Months Amid Protests

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Since when do the alphabet people own the place?  Now the Brits aren't even going to be able to enjoy a good Chicken Sandwich.

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Just days after Chick-fil-A’s first restaurant in the United Kingdom opened and amid protests by activists about the company’s opposition to same-sex marriage, the chain said on Saturday it will close the site in six months.

The Oracle, the shopping mall where the restaurant leases space, told the BBC it would not allow Chick-fil-A to stay beyond its “initial six-month pilot period” and that it was the “right thing to do” after a call to boycott the chain by Reading Pride, a local lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender advocacy group.

Chick-fil-A said it had planned to stay for a limited time anyway.

“We have been very pleased with the lines since opening Oct. 10 and are grateful for customer response to our food and our approach to customer service,” the company said on Saturday. “We mutually agreed to a six-month lease with the Oracle Mall in Reading as part of a longer term strategy for us as we look to expand our international presence.”

Reading Pride had been outspoken about Chick-fil-A’s presence in England.

“We are staunchly opposed to Chick-fil-A setting up shop in the UK and certainly in Reading,” the group said in a statement on Twitter. “The chain’s ethos and moral stance goes completely against our values, and that of the UK as we are a progressive country” that has legalized same-sex marriage and “continues to strive toward equality.”

 
 

The statement noted that Dan T. Cathy, the company’s chairman and chief executive, was quoted in 2012 saying that Chick-fil-A believed in the “biblical definition of the family unit.”

Mr. Cathy’s comments came after news reports revealed that the company’s foundation had donated money to groups in the United States working to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage.

On Friday, Reading Pride announced that after talking with the Oracle, mall management “stated they will review their selection process and ensure a more thorough check is in place.” The mall did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

Photos and video shared on Twitter of a protest on Saturday showed people holding a sign that read: “GET THE CHICK OUT. Say NO to bigotry and hatred on your High Street.”

Asked if the chain had plans to set up elsewhere in England after its lease was up, a company spokeswoman said, “We are always looking and learning, and do so through pop-up locations, but nothing else to share right now.”

 
 

When Chick-fil-A opened a three-story, 5,000 square-foot space in Midtown Manhattan in 2015, it was met by activists who stood outside the restaurant.

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1 minute ago, Woody said:

I'm annoyed with the "If I don't like it I'm going to ruin it for EVERYBODY" mentality.  Should we all just go hide in a cave and deprive ourselves so that the alphabets can live in their own perfect world?

There would be no world if the people who consistently are looking to call everyone/everything shitty or problematic were the only ones alive.

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36 minutes ago, Laughing Coffin said:

Not enough bible thumpers to keep them afloat in the UK

You think this is about Christians? It's about the alphabet people, and if they don't like it then nobody gets to like it ... period.

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I just hope the alphabets decide not to hate Football next.  You can take my chicken, but leave my football alone.

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it IS about christians and their irrational belief that an all-powerful god would give a fuck about who people masterbate with

why in the world would an omnipotent being give two shits about that kind of minutiae? oh yeah, because the bible is the literal word of god, right? so then why arent christians stoning people to death in the middle of the town for adultery? i guess we get to pick and choose what is the word of god and what isnt

ritual and superstition. not to mention brain washing and bigotry. theres a ton of good in christianity, but too many christians are fucked in the head. the fact that most of them support trump is mind blowingly hypocritical and thoroughly shameful

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2 hours ago, jamsim67 said:

You think this is about Christians? It's about the alphabet people, and if they don't like it then nobody gets to like it ... period.

I mean the reason why they oppose same-sex marriage and donate to anti-LGBTQ groups is because of the owners christian faith....so ya

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13 minutes ago, Laughing Coffin said:

I mean the reason why they oppose same-sex marriage and donate to anti-LGBTQ groups is because of the owners christian faith....so ya

Then they can choose to not eat there.

A lot of people who are not Christian, and do not oppose same sex marriage like to eat there. Now they can't, because the alphabet people stepped in and made the decision for everyone. So the alphabet are going to protest and force businesses to shut down because they have different opinions than them? This is beyond stupid.

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35 minutes ago, Meathead said:

it IS about christians and their irrational belief that an all-powerful god would give a fuck about who people masterbate with

why in the world would an omnipotent being give two shits about that kind of minutiae? oh yeah, because the bible is the literal word of god, right? so then why arent christians stoning people to death in the middle of the town for adultery? i guess we get to pick and choose what is the word of god and what isnt

ritual and superstition. not to mention brain washing and bigotry. theres a ton of good in christianity, but too many christians are fucked in the head. the fact that most of them support trump is mind blowingly hypocritical and thoroughly shameful

God doesn’t like people who choke their chickens

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28 minutes ago, Meathead said:

it IS about christians and their irrational belief that an all-powerful god would give a fuck about who people masterbate with

why in the world would an omnipotent being give two shits about that kind of minutiae? oh yeah, because the bible is the literal word of god, right? so then why arent christians stoning people to death in the middle of the town for adultery? i guess we get to pick and choose what is the word of god and what isnt

ritual and superstition. not to mention brain washing and bigotry. theres a ton of good in christianity, but too many christians are fucked in the head. the fact that most of them support trump is mind blowingly hypocritical and thoroughly shameful

And you know this to be fact? 

A lot of people supported Trump, not just Christian's. Because just like every other Presidential election, Trump was the lesser of two evils. Sorry to burst your bubble, but I'm sure a lot of Christians held their nose when voting for Trump because they didn't want Hillary. 

This is about the right to choose, and just like they always do, the alphabet people are taking that right away from an awful lot of people simply because they have differing views than them. If you don't agree with the policies of someone's business, then don't give them your money. Most people don't care, and just want something to eat, but that choice will be taken away. All because of some bullying tactics.

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is this what they are called the Alphabet people?  I call them the modern day terrorist.  Not only do we have to tolerate their lifestyle CHOICES (it is a choice, not a birthright despite what their agenda ridden science claims), we have to tolerate their BS Agenda, their brainwashing of our children, their disgusting public displays, and now they have to tell us what to eat and not eat because someone doesnt acknowledge their fake marriages.

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You know you live a sad life when your number one enemy is a chicken restaurant and you can't just live your life without bothering people about your sexual preference.

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39 minutes ago, miamibillsnut said:

is this what they are called the Alphabet people?  I call them the modern day terrorist.  Not only do we have to tolerate their lifestyle CHOICES (it is a choice, not a birthright despite what their agenda ridden science claims), we have to tolerate their BS Agenda, their brainwashing of our children, their disgusting public displays, and now they have to tell us what to eat and not eat because someone doesnt acknowledge their fake marriages.

Terrorists? Sounds a little extreme to me.

You can believe it is a choice and call it agenda ridden science but have you asked any gay people if it is a choice for them or do you just want to stick to your own agenda?

What are these disgusting public displays you speak of? I don't encounter any in my daily life.

Call it a fake marriage if you wish but you are living in the past. Gay marriage is just as legitimate as yours and mine. I know 3 gay couples that are married and they seem to be very loving, supportive families to me.

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13 minutes ago, bcw said:

Terrorists? Sounds a little extreme to me.

You can believe it is a choice and call it agenda ridden science but have you asked any gay people if it is a choice for them or do you just want to stick to your own agenda?

What are these disgusting public displays you speak of? I don't encounter any in my daily life.

Call it a fake marriage if you wish but you are living in the past. Gay marriage is just as legitimate as yours and mine. I know 3 gay couples that are married and they seem to be very loving, supportive families to me.

I believe everyone has the right to live the lifestyle they chose, but dont tell me what is right and wrong. I can make my own decision and if anyone doesnt agree with it, fine, they can disagree but dont punish me or others because your way is the only way and thats what the alphabet crew is doing and has been doing for years since our beloved last POS president open Pandora's box and proclaimed homosexuality as OK.   If you dont go along with the belief that homosexuality is normal and ok, then you are banned from living, cannot own a business, cannot work in hollywood, cannot play professional sports, or a million other things, without public ridicule.  In other words, being ridiculed for being right. 

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4 minutes ago, miamibillsnut said:

 they can disagree but dont punish me or others because your way is the only way and thats what the alphabet crew is doing and has been doing for years since our beloved last POS president open Pandora's box and proclaimed homosexuality as OK.   If you dont go along with the belief that homosexuality is normal and ok, then you are banned from living, cannot own a business, cannot work in hollywood, cannot play professional sports, or a million other things, without public ridicule.  In other words, being ridiculed for being right. 

How have you personally been punished?

I just don't see how giving gay people equal rights harms you and me.

No one is taking away people's rights to express their beliefs but people who disagree with their views have every right to boycott or protest. 

 

 

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I'm not trying to pick a fight with you or anyone else and I appreciate that we can have a civil discussion.

I just feel that the gay rights movement has been very positive for society. Yes, I agree the extreme goes overboard, like any extreme, but the overall changes for the gay people I know is a step in the right direction and long overdue in my view.

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9 hours ago, Laughing Coffin said:

I mean the reason why they oppose same-sex marriage and donate to anti-LGBTQ groups is because of the owners christian faith....so ya

what?

it IS about these ABC people who have no tolerance for any thinking that is different from there's. And will go to any extreme to disrupt and make the lives of those who think that as hard as hell.

chic fil-la is not trying to shut down businesses, coffee shops, pot dispensaries in Seattle, who favor and cater to  the groups they do not agree with on same sex marriage.

 

there is a huge difference in giving money to groups fighting against legalization or forced acceptance of gay marriage by churches/religion and the work of intolerant activist trying to shut down a legitimate business. These very activist who expose to support tolerance are acting in a way that is completely opposite of their stated beliefs.

 

for the record I support gay marriage and LGBT rights as long as it does it does not expand into pedophile approval or other crazy shit that those crazies could arguably claim they are legitimate now or it is discrimination.(IE: you legalize one form of alt lifestyle why are you discriminating against ours thinking)

and also do not support forcing groups churches etc etc...  to accept something against their beliefs. It is for them to decide.

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social standards evolve to a point where you no longer get to hide behind the excuse 'its just my opinion'

if a burger joint opens up and makes it known they believe interracial marriage is a sin against god, do they get to have that as 'just their opinion"?

chick-fil-a will be out of business in ten years bc societal standards will evolve beyond 'its just their bigoted opinion"

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39 minutes ago, Meathead said:

social standards evolve to a point where you no longer get to hide behind the excuse 'its just my opinion'

if a burger joint opens up and makes it known they believe interracial marriage is a sin against god, do they get to have that as 'just their opinion"?

chick-fil-a will be out of business in ten years bc societal standards will evolve beyond 'its just their bigoted opinion"

Just like you get to have your opinion, Chick Fil-a and others like them get to have theirs. Not everyone is going to agree, and that's fine they don't have to. It's called live and let live.

No matter which way you're looking at it, this has nothing to do with bigotry. However, you are entitled to your opinion. See how that works?

What the alphabet people are trying to do is force their beliefs down everyone's throats, and you better agree with it or else. Fortunately for my sake, people are beginning to wake up to their tactics and are saying no; as evidenced by the long lines at Chic Fil-A.

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5 minutes ago, jamsim67 said:

Just like you get to have your opinion, Chick Fil-a and others like them get to have theirs. Not everyone is going to agree, and that's fine they don't have to. It's called live and let live.

No matter which way you're looking at it, this has nothing to do with bigotry. However, you are entitled to your opinion. See how that works?

What the alphabet people are trying to do is force their beliefs down everyone's throats, and you better agree with it or else. Fortunately for my sake, people are beginning to wake up to their tactics and are saying no; as evidenced by the long lines at Chic Fil-A.

So they shouldn't be allowed to protest?

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it can be your opinion that the world is flat. that makes you a dumbass

you can believe that homosexuality is a sin against god. thats makes you a religious psychotic bigot

see how that works?

human understanding evolves to a point where 'your opinion' is clearly demonstrated to be 'your horseshit'

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